DURBAN, WITH HALF A MILLION PEOPLE, is the largest city in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. It’s located on the Natal Bay of the Indian Ocean and an hour southeast of Johannesburg by plane. While Durban is known for its beaches, botanic gardens, sites like UShaka Marine World and the world’s tallest swing — the Big Rush Big Swing, where you can soar high at Moses Mabhida Stadium — a sweet spot called the Point Waterfront is taking on a life of its own.
The first Saturday of each month you can browse the I Heart Market, where you’ll find some of the best from locals, be it fashion, jewelry, art, vintage items, ceramics, plants, natural skincare products or home goods. Then there’s the fantastic food. The I Heart Market makes a great place to spend an afternoon.
Robsons Real Beer & Food Factory offers another reason to visit the Point Waterfront. Robsons craft brews its beer in house. You’ll dig the atmosphere, high ceilings, sports playing on mega TVs and a beer garden out back for chilling with your brew. Don’t expect typical pub fare. Beer is king, but so is food. You’ll understand if you have the Gravy Train, slow-cooked barbecue brisket, shaved and served with braised onion and peppered beer gravy with aioli slaw and cheesy beer bread. Or try a pizza called The Gary, slow-roasted duck with fig jam, spinach, red peppers and camembert.
Come nightfall, the place to be and be seen is The Chairman, a jazz bar for the sophisticated. Don’t come in jeans; dress to impress. Lose yourself in the eclectic environment, architecture, interior design, museum-worthy art and artifacts, dim lighting and diverse international crowd. Have a cigar if you like and enjoy the sounds of top and emerging musicians. Indulge in cocktails like The Chairman’s Special; a drink called Surrender Your Booty, made with Bombay gin, martini and Cointreau with strong ginger, pineapple and lemongrass flavors; or Kind of Blue, blending Johnny Walker Blue, gin, tequila and Cointreau flavored with fresh grapefruit. The vibe is New York City Greenwich Village cool and hip. But you’ll know where you are with a menu that includes delights like a Mozambiquean margherita pizza and grilled ostrich boerewors sausage.
The Hamilton Hotel, located steps from the White House, was the perfect place for a relaxing weekend getaway. Upon arrival, the staff was extremely friendly and helpful with a quick check-in process. The lobby was immaculate with shining marble flooring, velvet couches and an arched ceiling design that brought a sense of sophistication. For added security, the elevators are only accessible to those who have a key card to a guestroom.
Luxury destinations around the country partnered with Bryte to introduce The Restorative Bed and enhanced sleep programming at their hotels. The revolutionary, AI-powered Restorative Bed uses real-time technology to intuitively adjust based on the individual’s needs and preferences. An embedded sensory network detects biometrics, like heart rate and breathing patterns, when a sleeper enters the first stage of sleep, triggering cooling features and lulling sleepers into deep sleep. Computer-controlled air cushions alleviate pressure points, and the technology also leads sleepers naturally out of sleep.
Tauck announced plans to fully restart its U.S. tours by July 1. Departures of the Southern Charms: Savannah, Hilton Head and Charleston tour have already begun, with other popular tours across the country relaunching in the coming months. Check the Open for Travel page for information on specific tour departures.
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